Escondido Family Dental Care & Specialty Center - Escondido, CA Implant Dentistry
What is a dental implant?
It is a small titanium screw that is placed within the gums to replace the root portion of a missing natural tooth. They can be placed in the upper or lower jaws and can be used to replace a single or multiple teeth. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes an anchor for the replacement tooth.
Why should I get dental implants?There are a number of reasons why you would consider getting San Diego dental implants:Teeth that do not have the root structure any longer can cause the jawbone to shrink. This event will make the face look older than it actually is due to the facial muscles not receiving the support they require. When done correctly, it is stable and comfortable and will not need adjustment after placement.
How much do they cost?
The fee for tooth replacement depends on the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required. In some cases, there can be additional procedures that may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure that they last for the longest possible duration and remain in excellent health. Please call the Vista Dental Care and Specialty Center to schedule a consultation with Dr. Raza or one of our other certified dental implants San Diego surgeons.
Who is a Candidate for dental implants San Diego?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The amount of available bone is a key factor in determining candidacy for implantology. Please give us a call to consult with one of our top dental implants San Diego surgeons.
Is old age a problem?
Health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted then you are a great candidate for receiving one or more dental implants to replace your teeth. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. Your San Diego dental implants surgeon will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?
Improved appearance: When you lose the entire tooth - crown and root - shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can halt this process, while dentures would not.
Preserve natural teeth: Dental bridges cause teeth adjacent to missing teeth to be ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants could eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
Permanent solution: Implants are stable and comfortable without the need for adjustments.
How will they affect my life?
Implant-supported replacement teeth will do wonders for your smile and they look, feel and function like natural teeth. In other words, you can eat and drink anything you'd like and also your quality of life will be improved. You can say goodbye to any embarrassment or worry due to your teeth problems and your self-esteem will increase dramatically. Please feel free to contact our San Diego dental implants office for more information.
Will my new teeth look natural?
When implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are almost identical to your natural teeth.
Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?
Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.
How much time is required for a dental implant placement?Today, state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques are convenient alternatives to place dental implants and allow you to have the dental implant placed in a single session using keyhole surgery. This new method has significantly simplified the procedure, for both patients and dental implants San Diego surgeons. The major advantage of the guided surgical technique is the minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue due to keyhole surgery. This significantly reduces the healing time and the discomfort normally associated with traditional surgical techniques.The conventional process can take from three to six months. First, the surgeon will place the implant and lets it heal for three to six months in order to integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, you are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is put in place.The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. Call us at the Vista Dental Care and Specialty Center to discuss dental implants San Diego options with one of our specialists.
Is the treatment painful?
With any surgery, there can be some discomfort, however, placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and patient sedation are administered by one of our certified staff members to help reduce any discomfort during the process. Your San Diego dental implants surgeon will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur.
How will I feel after the surgery?
It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller.
How should I care for them after they are placed?
Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dental implants San Diego dentist in six months, or more frequently if so advised.